Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Aristea capitata
Synonym (old name) - Aristea major
Common name - Maagbossie
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Habitat Mountain slopes
Altitude 150m - 1220m
Flowering time October to December
Description Plants evergreen to 1.5m high. Rhizomatous.
Stems rounded. Leaves linear, strap-like, fibrotic.
Tall spikes of bright blue flowers, tepals 12-16mm long, flower clusters overlapping.
Spathes and bracts lanceolate, dry-membranous, translucent with dark keels.
Old flower stems remain for months after flowering, turning a rich brown colour.
Aristea capitata : previously A. major
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